Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Polymer Synthesis and Characterization - Staff Scientist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107501
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 1 (SES.1) / Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: September 17 2020

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a staff scientist to conduct polymer synthesis, formulation and characterization, including mechanical and rheological analysis.  You should have a background in synthesizing and characterizing polymers for multiple applications. Polymers of interest include elastomers, thermosets and thermoplastics for advanced engineering. This position is in the Materials Science Division. 

This position will be filled at either the SES.1 or SES.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties 
- Investigate structure-property relationships with respect to new and improved polymeric materials
- Assess the mechanical properties of polymeric materials with techniques such as rheometry, dynamic mechanical analysis, and/or tensile testing.
- Interact with a wide spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory to enhance the applications of new material synthesis.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals and provide solutions to problems with limited complexity.
- Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook; generate, organize, and analyze experimental data; and participate in research and project planning.
- Document research and provide results for presentation within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.2 Level
- Participate in the conception and design of moderately complex to complex new experiments to execute research to address defined problems within the scope of LLNL interests.
- Design and perform materials characterization analyses including GPC, NMR, DSC, TGA and others. 
- Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results.

- BS degree in polymer science, materials science, organic chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field.
- Fundamental knowledge and practical experience with polymer synthesis, and rheological/mechanical polymer testing.
- Experience identifying and recommending solutions to fundamental problems using initiative and creativity.
- Proficiency in verbal and written communication as reflected by effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- The willingness and ability to work independently, and to collaborate on multidisciplinary teams as required to reach research goals.
In Addition at the SES.2 Level
- MS degree in polymer science, materials science, organic chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field.
- Ability as a creative experimentalist, and a diverse range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution.
- Broad experience in synthesis and characterization of polymers.
Desired Qualifications
- A proven interest in pushing polymer materials to the forefront of advanced engineering whether for traditional or additive manufacturing.
- Willingness and ability to provide data for proposals to gain funding for either feasibility or long-term studies.
- Willingness to engage and contribute to our inclusive lab culture.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Note:   This is an At Will appointment. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position. If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained [should funding allow].

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.